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J.D. Deutschendorf
717 Cedar Springs Dr
Tuttle, Oklahoma


Montaigne, Pascal and La Rochefoucauld
inquired in a dream of mine, "What do you know?"

When I with a smile replied, "Je ne sais quoi,"
Pascal merely frowned while Montaigne cried out, "Ha!"

"So close to the mark of a motto of mine -
'Que sais-je', eh monsieur? - that is my little line!"

I meant no offense," said I, "oh contrare,"
but Pascal interrupted and asked with a stare,

"Your answer was clever enough on your part -
but did it come first from your head or your heart?"

no reply could I make, though at length I awoke
remembering the words which La Rochefoucauld spoke.

"He's learned to put vanity out of his way,
and as a result he has nothing to say!"

from: At the Water’s Edge
Copyright © 1997, 1998
by J.D. Deutschendorf